Maxime Desprey had a great qualifying performance riding in 7th the first 4 laps before being passed by Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP‰Ûªs Romain Febvre.
Back at the front Herlings extended his lead up until the finish where he crossed the line 22 seconds ahead of Cairoli. Apart from the pass of Febvre on Desprey the top eleven riders stayed in the same position all of the 13 laps.
"So far everything is positve, it was a good Saturday, which doesn‰Ûªt always mean a good Sunday but it definitely feels good to start off the weekend in this way," Herlings said.
Antonio Cairoli was happy with a good result at his home GP, ‰ÛÏIt is always nice to be here in Italy and race in front of the home fans and media," Cairoli said. "Today went good and I know that it is only Saturday so if we managed to have a good start also tomorrow we will fight for the win, that is always the goal. I really like the track and atmosphere here so we will do our best to be on top and have a good weekend overall.‰Û